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Weekend Rewind: Jennifer Lopez wraps it up, Shaq slings chicken and more


Ethan Miller/Getty Images Jennifer Lopez during her last program at World Hollywood.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018|2 a.m.

Las Vegas, we made it through The Monday. Now the show goes on, as it constantly does, thanks to you. Let’s do this.

Jennifer Lopez went for it for her finale at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater Saturday night, but then again, she went for it every night during her two-year residency. She was signed up with onstage by Ja Guideline for “I’m Genuine,” their hit partnership from 2001, and by LL Cool J for “All I Have,” the 2002 track that sampled 1981 hit “Really Unique” and also worked as an appropriate name for J.Lo’s residency show. The vocalist, dancer, actress and producer likewise had 2 smaller, really special visitors: her 10-year-old twins Max and Emme, who got their mommy all teary-eyed while she sang “I Hope You Dance.” Among the stars in the audience: Sean “Diddy” Combs, red hot comedian Tiffany Haddish, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, Vanessa Hudgens, design Ashley Graham and existing Chippendales guest star Tyson Beckford. The program set an all-time one-night ticket revenue record amongst Las Vegas residency programs of $1.43 million according to Caesars Entertainment, and the afterparty was held at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace.

On Sunday night in San Cristobal De La Laguna in the Canary Islands, two other Las Vegas resident stars won big. Las Vegas Aces A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum grabbed gold medals as the United States beat Australia to win the 3rd straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

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Courtesy Facebook See Shaq understands chicken?” Big Chicken Shaq,” a new eight-episode reality show following basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal as he satisfies a lifelong dream of opening a chicken dining establishment in Las Vegas (!) will debut on Facebook Watch on Thursday, October 6. You can win a seat at Shaq’s table for the opening of the restaurant near the Hard Rock Hotel by uploading a video to the Official Big Chicken Shaw Facebook Group.

Scott Evil, aka star and comic Seth Green, became the latest superstar to check out “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan on Saturday night. I’m thinking he delighted in the exhilarating acrobatic act with the fantastic, small dog who puts Mr. Bigglesworth to shame.

The longest running show on the Strip is changing it up next week. “Legends in Performance” will reveal brand-new homages to Elvis Presley, George Michael, Bruno Mars and Donna Summer in its October 8 performance at the Flamingo’s Donny and Marie Showroom. “Hot Stuff” certainly, continuing through November 18.

A fast and tasty off-Strip upgrade: The Bend, a 14-acre workplace and retail space at West Sunset and Durango, just recently announced four occupants that will sign up with the planned Galaxy Theatres at the brand-new southwest development. The Great Greek, Sola Salons, Mothership Coffee and Shang Artisan Noodles are on the way, with groundbreaking later this year and a planned opening in fall 2019.

Best Options: Jennifer Lopez, the Crystal Technique, Culture Club and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Denise Truscello It’s last call for J.Lo.

It’s an excellent weekend to dance in Las Vegas. You can do it by the swimming pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. You can do it along with J.Lo at World Hollywood. Or you can dance downtown in addition to some famous ’80s artists. Find your very own personal event spot this weekend with these entertainment choices.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD Vegas-born electronic act the Crystal Approach has originated ingenious kinds of dance music for decades. With Ken Jordan’s retirement from the music biz, Scott Kirkland has kept the name and the music alive and is releasing a brand-new album, “The Journey Home,” today to coincide with a poolside performance at the Acid rock Hotel. September 28, info at < a href=" https://hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-entertainment/pool-the-crystal-method-2018.php" target="_

blank” rel =” noopener” > hardrockhotel.com. JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE The triple-threat entertainer is concluding her residency run with 15 programs in 27 days, an effective statement that needs to assist qualify her as one of the fantastic Vegas headliners. Friday and Saturday are Lopez’s final efficiencies at Zappos Theater at World Hollywood and you may kick yourself if you lose out on her high-energy, full-scale show. September 28-29, info at < a href="

https://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows/jennifer-lopez” target =” _ blank” rel=” noopener” > caesars.com. FRANKIE AVALON The Philadelphia-born vocalist, actor and quintessential teen idol just celebrated his 78th birthday. Avalon will take audiences back to the good old days for three programs this weekend at the South Point Showroom. September 28-30, information at < a href=" https://southpointcasino.com/entertainment" target

=” _ blank “rel =” noopener” > southpointcasino.com. CULTURE CLUB When we last checked in on the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, it was hosting the Vegas Golden Knights fan fest. On Saturday night, it’s the place to discover 1980s pop sensations Kid George and Culture Club, The B-52s and the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. September 29, details at < a href="

https://dlvec.com/event/boy-george-culture-club/” target=” _ blank” rel= “noopener” > dlvec.com. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS Sunday brings the Knights’ final preseason video game to T-Mobile Arena prior to the team’s second season starts October 4 in Las Vegas. If you have actually seen ticket costs for that home opener– and if you have actually observed how fantastic attendance and the environment has been for other preseason games– you might want to capture this one. September 30, information at vegasgoldenknights.com.

The Interview: Jennifer Martinez

Jennifer Martinez started operating in UNLV’s financial aid & & scholarships office in 2014, and recently transferred to the Division of Philanthropy & & Alumni Engagement as the manager of stewardship programs. She has a knack for the ins and outs of information management, however her love for UNLV is all about assisting students.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, then transferred to Scottsdale, Arizona, as a kid. We moved to San Diego when I was 12, so I actually consider myself a California lady. I’ve remained in Las Vegas since 2003, but try to get to the San Diego beaches as often as I can. My favorite spot is snorkeling at La Jolla Cove; it has been great to return there and experience that with my kids.

Favorite aspect of operating at UNLV?

I really love helping our students! I began operating in financial assistance because I take pleasure in helping students attain their imagine obtaining a higher education. Financial assistance can be complicated and overwhelming, so it was constantly so rewarding to break it down, describe the process, and set a student’s heart at ease.

Now, I am so thrilled to be operating at the UNLV Structure due to the fact that I have the ability to be part of the group working with donors to make student scholarships possible. Scholarships make such an effect in the lives of our students and give them numerous opportunities at UNLV. I love sharing the remarkable stories of appreciation from trainees taking advantage of the scholarships they got

Finest recommendations you ever got.

Leaving my previous employer to work for UNLV! I truly had to take a leap of faith and seek a great deal of advice and input when I initially decided I wished to work here. I had to take an action backwards and a bit of a pay cut, however it was absolutely the best decision ever. It was in fact challenging to get my foot in the door. I had actually talked to for a financial assistance position a year prior to being hired. I did not get the position, and I remember emailing the director of financial aid and scholarships asking, “Exactly what do I need to do to obtain employed?” I was so stunned to get a response. He actually motivated me to work hard, get a lot of experience wherever you can, and not to give up. A year later on, I was so grateful the door to work here was opened.


I truly take pleasure in arts, crafts, and specifically cake decorating. It is an ability I gained from my ex-mother-in-law, and it is a fantastic imaginative release. I’ve had the ability to do a few wedding cakes, infant shower/bridal shower cakes, and some truly cool cakes for my kids’ birthdays.


Definitely! My moms and dads. My father instilled a love for others and a strong work principles. My mother instilled a mild and simple spirit that constantly compromised everything for her family and others. They are a fantastic example and I aim everyday to be more like them.

Something you can’t work without?

I have a lot of little quirky products and toys and puzzles around my office that aid me concentrate. I work on a great deal of reports and I fix a great deal of issues, so I have this collection of toys that I can click, twist, throw, and shape that can help me when I need a brand-new viewpoint.

Favorite collectible?

I am the mother of three teenage kids. As soon as upon a time my ex and I owned a couple of comic book shops in the valley and we are a little a pop culture geek household. I started collecting pop mini figures. My favorite is my Mom of Dragons from Game of Thrones. It is significant to me due to the fact that Daenerys Targaryen represents a fierce, strong, and confident woman who is likewise the “Mom of Dragons.” I can relate to this, being the mom of three wild, crazy, and remarkable boys.

A time you have actually been bold

I think anyone that has teenagers is living a daring life! I think it was pretty bold to take all three kids to the Grand Canyon last spring. It was frightening to have all three of them checking out really near to the edge, practicing their “Karate Kid” moves. My heart nearly stopped, however they had the time of their lives. I’m just happy we all made it through that adventurous weekend!

Jennifer Romas gets a four-year deal for ‘Sexxy’ at Westgate


“Sexxy” remains in it for the long haul at the Westgate Cabaret. By )

Friday, May 4, 2018|2 a.m.

Persistence pays. Simply ask Jennifer Romas.

The veteran Vegas dancer and choreographer created “Sexxy,” the topless revue at the Westgate Cabaret, almost overnight after satisfying the casino resort’s owner, David Siegel, throughout the 2014 ribbon cutting event marking the historical residential or commercial property’s transition into its current type.

“He said, ‘So you’re the one who’s been emailing me,” Romas remembers with a laugh. She had been trying to connect with different production business and hotel home entertainment departments, looking to break through as a producer. “It was an aggravating time however I kept pushing, and I had sent him a lot of videos and things I had actually done as a choreographer.”

After fulfilling the president of the timeshare resort company and discussing entertainment possibilities for his new acquisition in Las Vegas, Romas went to work on exactly what would become “Sexxy.”

“He wished to open something in time for the CES weekend so that gave me about three months,” she says. “I went home that night and started going through my closets and outfits and props and pulling music from different numbers I ‘d done over the years. I researched names to see exactly what was taken. And I went back in the next morning with a game plan, and they stated, ‘Let’s do it.’ The next day I posted auditions, the next day after that we started rehearsals. It took place that fast.”

That little burlesque show she pieced together opened in January 2014 and has been going strong since. Now Romas has actually signed on for 4 more years of “Sexxy” at the Westgate, supporting an ever-diversifying entertainment lineup at the property as soon as known as the house of Elvis Presley and Liberace as the International and the Las Vegas Hilton.

Over in the International Theater, longtime Las Vegas favorites Earl Turner and Clint Holmes are collaborating for their brand-new “Soundtrack” show, and the Westgate just revealed the return of Barry Manilow later on this month and a brand-new magic show from Jen Kramer to share the Cabaret area with “Sexxy.”

Romas could not be more thrilled about the modifications at Westgate and is over the moon about her brand-new deal.

“The team there is unbelievable and extremely entertainment-driven, and there are numerous amazing new things happening on the home,” she says. “I’m really pleased there. I don’t believe anyone prepared things to be like this, however they didn’t understand me. I’m extremely driven. I’m a perfectionist and extremely old-school. I go out there and pound the pavement every day and discover ways to get the word out there.”

It’s that old-school, do-it-yourself drive that helps distinguish her program from the other female revues on and around the Strip.

“Due to the fact that I’m in the show, not just the producer, it’s different. I’m onstage every night. I don’t give myself a break,” Romas says. “I make certain and surround myself with people who have the very same stability I do, the very same energy and exact same soul who believe in the program and think in me. It’s so near me, I believe it’s simply different. I’ve never done anything less than full-out and I expect that of my team and they bring it to the table every day and night.”

“Sexxy” is on at 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Westgate Cabaret (3000 Paradise Roadway, 702-732-5111) and more information can be discovered at sexxyshow.com.

Best Choices: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, the Stray Cats and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Jennifer Lopez brings all the Vegas glam to her program at Zappos Theater.

Friday, April 20, 2018|midnight

From West Coast hip-hop to heavy metal legends to a rockabilly extravaganza, the noises of Las Vegas are all over the map this weekend. Curate your own individual soundtrack with these musical alternatives.

VANCE PLEASURE You may not know that the Pearl theater at the Palms, currently a favorite concert location for numerous residents and travelers, was just recently upgraded and updated with brand-new seating and finishes and refurbished VIP skyboxes, among other enhancements. That implies it’s time to review this sonic standout. On Friday night you can capture rising Australian singer-songwriter Vance Pleasure (“Riptide,” “Fire and the Flood”). April 20, details at palms.com. 420 ROLL IT UP Ice Cube headlines this rap music mini-festival at the Thomas & & Mack Center on Friday’s marijuana vacation, with assistance from Cypress Hill including Mixmaster Mike, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Child Bash. April 20, information at unlvtickets.com. JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE J.Lo was just added to the all-star lineup of performers arranged to carry out at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26 at Mandalay Bay Occasions Center. She’s closing out the latest run of her resident show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood this weekend, however she’ll be back in mid-May. April 20-21, information at caesars.com. Related material LAS RAGEOUS The second yearly Las Rageous acid rock celebration at the Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center features larger bands and more of them– more than 15 acts over two days. A Perfect Circle, 5 Finger Death Punch and Judas Priest lead the way. April 20-21, details at dlvec.com. VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND There will plenty of live music all weekend long at the Orleans throughout the 21st Viva Las Vegas occasion, however Saturday pushes it over the top with Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy, 82-year-old icon Jerry Lee Lewis and the reunited Stray Cats. April 20-22, details at vivalasvegas.net.

Jennifer Lopez donating Las Vegas show earnings to Puerto Rico relief


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Jennifer Lopez shows up for her red carpet minute at the 17th Yearly Latin GRAMMY Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017|11:25 a.m.

NEW YORK– Jennifer Lopez has pledged $1 million towards cyclone relief efforts in her family’s native Puerto Rico.

Lopez announced throughout a press conference with New york city Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that she would provide money from her ongoing Las Vegas residency to different charities in the aftermath of Typhoon Maria. Lopez states she’s also enlisting the aid of her sweetheart, former New york city Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.

The 48-year-old Lopez was born in New York to Puerto Rican moms and dads. She says she still has household on the island that she has yet speak with.

Fellow vocalist Ricky Martin has contributed $100,000 to the relief effort and released an online charity event. Puerto Rican rap artist Daddy Yankee is sending out 4 truckloads of supplies contributed by his fans.

Jennifer Lopez is at her best for ‘All I Have’ at World Hollywood


Denise Truscello Jennifer Lopez is back at the Axis this month.


In Jennifer Lopez'' s ‘World of Dance,’ the dancers are the stars


Wilfredo Lee/ AP Singer Jennifer Lopez appears back phase with her awards at the Latin Signboard Awards, Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Fla.

Wednesday, Might 31, 2017|2 a.m.

LOS ANGELES– In a little studio tucked into an industrial park beside the Burbank Airport last month, 11 dancers dressed in black rehearsed relocations for a coming performance, the guys displaying sparkly canes. They were quickly called into another studio, where Jennifer Lopez was grasping a glittery microphone, her young daughter hanging off her waist.

“OK, let me see exactly what you men did,” she stated matter-of-factly. They spun, strutted and vibrated for her in a blend of salsa and hip-hop dance. Lopez nodded in approval and, child-free, improvised some fast hip swirls. She then joined her crew members, matching them beat for beat, grooving seductively one moment and hitting fast, sharp positions the next.

Yep, she’s still got it. And if she mixed in with the dancers, it’s because as soon as upon a time she was among them, part of the support squad. Lopez began dancing for acts like New Children on the Block, Janet Jackson and, a lot of notoriously, as a Fly Girl on the 1990s television series “In Living Color.”

“Before I was anything, I was a dancer,” Lopez stated in a phone interview the next week. “It’s so much a part of my trajectory.”

That trajectory comes cycle with “World of Dance,” a brand-new reality dance competition for which she is an executive producer and the lead judge. The program, which is to have its premiere Tuesday, on NBC, includes 47 acts from around the globe battling in departments based upon age (the youngest is 9) and group size (from musicians to big performers). Division winners will contend for the modest title of Best worldwide.

That definitive-sounding honor and the tournament-like format work together with the sports metaphors Lopez and others frequently utilized in discussing the program, citing its athleticism, sense of drama and physical threat. “We had actually broken bones on the program; we had injuries and emotional breakdowns,” she stated. (Several of the show’s developers call it “the Olympics of dance” and describe participants as “artistic athletes.”)

Unlike the popular television dance competitors “So You Think You Can Dance,” which challenges candidates to carry out a variety of styles in routines created by a roster of choreographers, the rivals on “World of Dance” perform their own regimens in their chosen styles. And unlike “Dancing With the Stars,” which sets celebs with professional ballroom dancers, “World of Dance” features just dancers: no football gamers, washed-up political leaders or previous Playboy bunnies.

“My entire objective with this program was to produce a chance and a venue for dancers to in fact be the stars,” Lopez stated, and to get to do something they seldom have a chance to do: “really make some money.”

The grand prize is a shocking $1 million. As Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Tv Alternative Studio and a manufacturer of the show, stated, “Having a prize that was significant and life-changing was crucial.”

Amongst those contending for the jackpot are 801 Squad, a ballroom/jazz group from Utah; the French hip-hop set Les Twins; and Prodijig, a modern Irish dance group from Dublin. Also represented are tap ensembles, ballet duos and a flamenco dancer. Some participants have actually made names on their own, like the young hip-hop troupe the Lab, which has carried out with Justin Bieber, and the Jabbawockeez, which headline a Las Vegas program. Others have yet to “make a brand on their own,” as Lopez put it, something she stated she hoped the show’s direct exposure would assist them do.

Such diversity leads to an obvious problem: “How is a soloist going to take on a huge crew?” asked Derek Hough, a champ ballroom dancer, regular “Dancing With destiny” pro and among 3 judges on “World of Dance,” together with Lopez and the R&B vocalist Ne-Yo.

To address his own concern, Hough mentioned an episode where a girl took the phase alone after a large group. “I believed, This is so unfair,” he remembered. “However she blew us away. It simply silenced that question.” Referring to the very same circumstance in a separate interview, Ne-Yo said, “One dancer with the correct amount of enthusiasm can be just as vibrant as 20 individuals.”

A comparable concern can be posed about the impossibility of pitting greatly different designs against one another. “World of Dance” will use a numbers-based scoring system that grants points in classifications like method, imagination and shifts. “It’s a rubric you can break down,” Hough said. Unlike other TV skill competitors, there is no audience input. Episodes are prerecorded, and all choices are made by the judges.

The program’s formula follows a design developed on the competitors dance circuit, a robust industry that hops from one convention center to the next throughout the country, providing master classes and contests targeted at teenage and preteen dancers. The circuit is arranged by production companies like World of Dance (the show’s namesake, and among its manufacturers), which was founded in 2008 and fueled by the eruption of dance on the internet.

“YouTube truly grew this phenomenon,” said the company’s founder, David Gonzalez, who recognized dance’s organisation potential after seeing the reaction to break dancers at a car show he produced. By 2011, World of Dance had broadened internationally and now draws in a considerable following on social media and at live events. Lopez stated she had actually found choreographers and dancers from its competitions. After searching one event in 2015, network producers welcomed World of Dance to partner on a show.

Jenna Dewan Tatum, the host of “World of Dance,” is a proud product of dance conventions. A self-described “competitors kid,” Tatum was a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake and Ricky Martin before starring in the 2006 dance movie “Step Up.” She marveled at how TELEVISION dance shows have actually elevated the image of the dancer in the entertainment industry since she started.

“When I began, the dream was to dance for Janet Jackson,” she said– a dream she accomplished. “I’ve enjoyed the dream modification for dancers. Now the dancer’s dream is to be the star.”

Tatum also serves as the program’s mentor, inspiring and consoling the dancers backstage, which stirred fond memories of “my own teenage self going through this flight,” and sobering ones about “how I’m going to feed myself, pay my lease, get the next task.”

“World of Dance” proved a similarly poignant experience for Lopez. “It’s a struggle to be a dancer,” she stated, recalling years of training as a kid– her idols were Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera and Michael Jackson– and unlimited auditions. “It takes discipline and enthusiasm, and you have to be unrelenting.”

Jennifer Hudson joining NBC'' s ' The Voice ' in fall season


John Shearer/ Invision/ AP Jennifer Hudson carries out at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Thursday, Might 11, 2017|9:11 a.m.

NEW YORK– Jennifer Hudson is deviating in one of the spinning chairs of “The Voice.”

NBC has actually revealed the one-time “American Idol” participant will look to discover potential singing stars when she signs up with fellow coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus for the fall season of the truth singing competitors.

Hudson was a coach for the U.K. version of the series previously this year, with her group winning her debut season with the franchise.

The announcement comes just days after ABC stated it was bringing “American Idol” back to the air just a year after it was canceled by Fox.

Hudson completed on “American Idol” in 2004, finishing in the top 10.

ABC has yet to reveal who its judges will be for the revived series.